The Student Expo Experience

Students benefit from many programs available at International Vision Expo including

  • FREE Exhibit Hall Registration ($150 value)
  • FREE Education (unlimited)

Learn more below!

Student Networking and Learning Opportunities

Pop Up Talks

See the full schedule of FREE pop up talks. These quick and casual talks delivered by experts in the Young Professionals Club Advisory Group will address the topics that keep you up at night, from how to open a practice cold to how to stand out from the crowd. Drinks included!

NewGradOptometry/CovalentCareers LIVE

The team at the NewGradOptometry/CovalentCareers LIVE booth (LP12115) will be filming and hosting expert panels right from their booth and invite you to be a part of it. The filming and panel schedule is available ahead of the show for your convenience.

Plus, CovalentCareers LIVE can help create important connections for your future employment opportunities. For the first time, you can click one button right from your phone and see employers currently at Vision Expo West. Use CovalentCareers.com to create a free job listing, browse job seekers or eyecare practices who will be attending Vision Expo West, and schedule time to meet them in person at the show.

Lunch

Visit the Student Optometric Leadership Network (SOlutioN) booth (LP12117) to get your FREE lunch voucher (a $10 value).

Parties

You’re invited!!! Check out the full schedule of events for information on parties like ODs on Facebook, the Bad Habits and the VSParty, a mega-outdoor pool party with every attendee at the show invited!

Passport to Success

Visit the booths/events listed on the Passport and write in one thing you learned for the chance to win prize money. Download here or pick up a copy at the SOLutioN (LP12117) or NewGradOptometry.com (LP12115) booths.

Questions

With so much to do and see at Vision Expo, we know you’ll have questions. Tweet any questions using the hashtags #ExpoExperience and #AskRachel and we’ll tweet back the answer.

How to Attend any of the 320+ hours of Continuing Education

Students may sit in on any class at International Vision Expo as long as the course is not sold out. Arrive at the course you wish to attend prior to the course’s start time. If the course is not sold out you will be allowed to sit in the course at no charge.

Career Center for Young Professionals

Covalent Careers

CovalentCareers was co-founded by two optometrists, a physical therapist, and a software engineer who wanted to find new ways to reduce common staffing and employment headaches for healthcare professionals.

The team knew that the typical online job boards were no longer the answer. Employers had to sift through endless piles of impersonal resumes, and employees grew tired of applying to dozens of vague listings they never heard back from. There had to be a better way!

The end result is a revolutionary matchmaking system that is “for healthcare providers, by healthcare providers.” We're happy to report that finding new opportunities or new staff members is now easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever!

Local Eye Site

International Vision Expo is dedicated to supporting the eyecare industry year-round. Our jobs site, powered by Local Eye Site, helps connect qualified talent with eyecare professionals and industry recruiters.

Partners

AOSA

The AOSA is committed to promoting the optometric profession, enhancing the education and welfare of optometry students, as well as enhancing the vision and ocular health of the public.

The AOSA represents more than 6,200 students attending the 23 schools and colleges of optometry throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Each school has a unique AOSA chapter which works hard to raise thousands of dollars for community outreach and dedicates hundreds of hours in community service. Each school is represented on the AOSA Board by a Trustee and Trustee-Elect. These individuals have a deep passion for optometry and work to keep students informed about issues important to aspiring optometric physicians. These individuals act as a channel of communication between the schools and the AOSA.


ASCO

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is the academic leadership organization committed to promoting, advancing and achieving excellence in optometric education. Since 1941, ASCO has achieved this vision by representing the interests of institutions of optometric education, enhancing the efforts of these institutions as they prepare highly qualified graduates for entrance into the profession of optometry and serving the public’s eye and vision needs.

ASCO proudly represents all accredited schools and colleges of optometry in the fifty states and Puerto Rico. Our organization’s affiliate members include the Canadian schools of optometry, other foreign schools, allied organizations, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


Covalent Careers

CovalentCareers was co-founded by two optometrists, a physical therapist, and a software engineer who wanted to find new ways to reduce common staffing and employment headaches for healthcare professionals.

The team knew that the typical online job boards were no longer the answer. Employers had to sift through endless piles of impersonal resumes, and employees grew tired of applying to dozens of vague listings they never heard back from. There had to be a better way!

The end result is a revolutionary matchmaking system that is “for healthcare providers, by healthcare providers.” We're happy to report that finding new opportunities or new staff members is now easier, more accurate, and more fun than ever!


Local Eyesite

International Vision Expo is dedicated to supporting the eyecare industry year-round. Our jobs site, powered by Local Eye Site, helps connect qualified talent with eyecare professionals and industry recruiters.


Optometric Management

Bridging the Gap Between Optometry's Classroom and Exam Room
New OD, produced by Optometric Management, is the career and practice-planning resource that offers students and recent optometry school grads the valuable information they need to make the right career moves; run a successful practice by mastering the business of eyecare; tap into optometry's hottest opportunities; and more. Visit them online at www.optometric.com/newod or www.facebook.com/newod.


Optometry Students

OptometryStudents.com hosts top notch articles, news, videos and clinical pearls which are all created by optometry student journalists from each optometry school. OptometryStudents.com allows students to become more involved in optometry and to help move the profession forward. Using relevant content, OptometryStudents.com keeps optometry students at the top of their game and attracts the most motivated and determined pre-optometry students to enter the profession.

Student Recommendations

The following recommendations are made by members of International Vision Expo’s Young Professionals Advisory Group

For Students - OD

Casey Wilgenbush made recommendations based on three main categories: the basics, patients and efficiency:

“They say the easiest and most effective way to advertise is through word of mouth from patients. The sooner I can implement a system for obtaining loyal patients, differentiate my practice to impress them, and create an experience they will never forget as a student, the easier the transition will be into my own practice.”

  • 12B2 - A System For Obtaining Loyal Patients presented by Peter Shaw-McMinn
  • 31C3 - Creating a 5-Star Patient Experience presented by Mile Brujic and Paul Karpecki
  • 32B5 - How To Differentiate Your Practice and WOW Your Patients presented by April Jasper

“Basic, common, and fundamental. These phrases resonate with students because as of right now, that is what we are most comfortable learning about when it comes to business optometry. We don't have the experience to delve into the more advanced topics; however, we are interested in learning about the common sense and fundamental elements of owning a successful practice, and what three things we need to know to position our future practice for success.”

  • 24B1 - The 3 Things You Need To Know To Position Your Practice presented by Mark Johnson
  • 24B6 - Common Sense Practice Building That Is Not Commonly Used presented by Gary Gerber
  • 44B2 - The Six Fundamentals of Practice Success presented by Michael Rothschild

“We are always trying to become faster and more productive as we work towards our doctorate. Any tips or secrets others can give to make that a reality is worth its weight in gold.”

  • 23B3 - Success Secrets of High Producing ODs presented by Jerry Hayes
    • Kristin O’Brien, OD adds: “Ways to manage your career, not just your office job, is important to focus on early.”
  • 24C3 - The Tech, Tips & Tools You Need to be Efficient and Effective presented by Scot Morris

“As students, we have the luxury of learning from everyone else's mistakes in the world of optometry after school. Why not capitalize off of this opportunity so we don't repeat the same mistakes as our predecessors?”

  • 31B3 - Top 10 Practice Management Mistakes & How to Fix Them presented by Mark Wright
  • 34B5 - If I'd Only Known Then What I Know Now - A Consultant Perspective presented by Gary Gerber

The following sessions are recommended by Kristin O’Brien, OD, Faheem Inayatali, OD and Matt Gellar, OD:

25C6 - What do you do if?... Diagnosis and Treatment of Anterior Segment Disease You Meet Every Day! presented by Andrew Morgenstern and Barry Eiden

Recommended by Kristin O’Brien, OD, she says: “It’s nice to hear other options for treatments.”

13B2 - The Role of the Receptionist, Technician, Doctor and Dispensing Optician presented by Peter Shaw-McMinn

Recommended by Kristin O’Brien, OD, she says: “Solidifying the team approach and recognizing the importance of the doctor's role is crucial and a good tool to learn young.”

21C2 - Top 5 Things that Every OD Should Know About the Cornea presented by William Marcolini

Recommended by Kristin O’Brien, OD, she says: “This is a good board’s study session, as well as clinically applicable.”

22B4 - Everybody Loves Warby (and Why ECPs Should Too) presented by David Friedfeld

Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: “Warby helps our private practices because it shines a light on why we care and how we go above and beyond.”

22C8 - Straight Outta Tears: Treating and Managing MGD, Lid Bugs and Other Lid Thugs! presented by Marc Bloomenstein

Recommended by Kristin O’Brien, OD, she says: “This is not something I learned much about in school, but see every day in practice.”

23B1 - Communicating Value: How Do You and Your Patient Differentiate $99 Eyewear from $999 Eyewear? presented by Laurie Pierce

Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: “I try to keep in mind that patient perception is extremely important and the optical can be a large portion of practice revenue.”

25B1 - The Secret To Hiring Right presented by Valerie Manso

Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: “Business skills are not our core profession. I think this session gives insight on the universal challenge of staffing.”

25B3 - Practice Transitions: 10 Mistakes to Avoid When You Buy, Sell or Take In a Partner presented by Nathan and Jerry Hayes

Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: “It’s tough knowing which direction to go. These fundamental and legal aspects are important to keep in mind.”

25B5 - The Greatest Social Media Marketing Course Ever presented by Alan Glazier

Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: “Social media is critical to bringing in new patients and building your reputation amongst existing patients.”

26B5 - How Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch & How to Improve Yours presented by Gary Gerber

Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: “Without a good culture, you can never attract the best talent in your community. Attract and retain talent by understanding culture fundamentals.”

31B5 - Current Concepts in Marketing and Merchandising presented by Dave Ziegler

Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: “Look at the biggest and most successful brands. Their products shine because of merchandising. Get it right and you can be successful too.”

32B1 - Lessons from Silicon Valley moderated by Christine Chan with panelists: Genna Gold, Adam Ziegler, Eric Kuan

Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: “It’s important to understand the lessons from businesses outside of eyecare so that we can improve our own future as ECPs.”

41B1 - Maximizing Coding for Eye Care Visits presented by Mary Pat Johnson

Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: “Medical coding was only lightly touched when I was in school. Getting a core understanding early on will prove to be beneficial.”

44O2 - The Science of Blue Light - Protecting Your Patients in a Digital World presented by Valerie Manso

Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: “We learn about the vision science behind blue light, but this will shed light on the practical component and how to communicate these concepts to your patients.”

For Students - Opticians

24O1- Designing and Crafting Optimal Solutions for Challenging Rx's presented by Raymond Dennis

Recommended by Jordan Edwards, he says: “Having the ability to design the perfect pair of eyewear for a patient with a challenging Rx will earn you a patient for life!”

25O2- Basic Principles of Refraction for Opticians and Technicians presented by Laurie Pierce

Recommended by Jordan Edwards, he says: “For a new optician, understanding the principles of refraction makes so many other things fall into place and make sense!”

33O3- Troubleshooting Progressives and Other Multifocals presented by Valerie Manso

Recommended by Jordan Edwards, he says: “Fitting Progressives and multifocals can be extremely tricky. There are so many small measurements and adjustments that can wreak havoc on a patient's vision if they aren't correct. Understanding how to correct those issues is critical for new opticians.”

42O1- Handling Prescriptions That Contain Prism presented by Phernell Walker

Recommended by Jordan Edwards, he says: “Prism is a particularly difficult area for a lot of opticians to master. If you can enter the workforce with a firm grasp on how to handle prescriptions with prism, you will be ahead of the curve.”

45O1- Preventing Redo's presented by Michael Della Pesca

Recommended by Jordan Edwards, he says: “Processing patient redo's can become very expensive! Learning how to avoid them is extremely beneficial.”

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